With more than four
decades of public service under his belt, County Commissioner John Evans,
R-North, was awarded the recognition of Distinguished Hoosier from the
Indiana Governor’s Office at his last meeting Tuesday.
and employees, current and retired, gave Evans a standing ovation as he
received the award from State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso.
“A lot of years
you’ve been here and served our community well. I only hold one thing
against you and that is you and Ralph Ayres talked me into to becoming state
representative. But we’re very, very proud of the work you have done and
we’re thankful for that,” Soliday said.
Signed by Indiana
Governor and U.S. Vice-President elect Mike Pence, the Distinguished Hoosier
award recognizes Evans as “an individual who has earned the respect and
admiration of Hoosiers across the state.”
Evans is ending his
fourth consecutive term on the Board of Commissioners and has been president
of the board since 2011. He first entered government as a deputy coroner
under the supervision of then Coroner Carl Edmonds and later was elected
County Coroner in 1982.
spent 25 years in the Coroner’s Office.
Aside from his
political career, Evans is the owner of Edmonds and Evans Funeral Homes in
Chesterton and Portage.
“I really don’t
know what to say because I didn’t think this day would ever get here. I just
want to thank the people of Porter County,” Evans told the audience Tuesday.
“It’s overwhelming the things that have happened in the last couple of days.
People have texted, emailed, sent messages. You just show up and want to do
what’s right and people appreciate it. I guess that’s what you are supposed
Reflecting on his
years of service, Evans read part of Dr. Kent Keith’s “The Paradoxical
Commandments” that begins “People are illogical, unreasonable and
self-centered. Love them anyway.”
Shurr Blaney, D-South, presented Evans with another plaque listing his roles
in government with time served. “This is a guy who has never lost an
election and has been here for 40 years. That’s pretty impressive, I think.”
Evans announced in
February he would not seek a fifth term. He made a statement to the press
then saying he looks forward to spending time with and traveling with his
wife, Laurie Wehner-Evans.